Nelson Mandela

Lupita Nyong'o accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture for "12 Years a Slave" at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

’12 Years a Slave’ wins big at NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “12 Years a Slave” swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards with four wins. The historical epic’s prizes at Saturday’s 45th annual ceremony honoring diversity in the arts included […]

02/22/2014

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AP poll: Top stories of 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, […]

12/23/2013

In this May 15, 2004 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela lifts the World Cup trophy in Zurich, Switzerland, after FIFA's executive committee announced that South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.     (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2013

Both were mold-breaking former heads of state who reshaped their own countries and the world. Nelson Mandela, revered for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, and Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who imposed […]

12/23/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Fake signer at Mandela event accused in mob attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob […]

12/16/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Fake interpreter reportedly faced murder charge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s government was confronted Friday with a new and chilling allegation about the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial: He was reportedly accused of murder 10 years ago. Officials […]

12/13/2013

People wanting to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela queue in downtown Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

100,000 gather but only half see Mandela’s body

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An estimated 100,000 South Africans lined up in Pretoria to view Nelson Mandela in his casket but about a third of the overwhelming crowd was sent away without being able […]

12/13/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, […]

12/12/2013

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (AP Photo/PA)

Cameron explains selfie at Mandela memorial

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was only being polite when he posed for a selfie photo at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service — deflecting complaints that he was being disrespectful during […]

12/11/2013

President Barack Obama waves standing next to the sign language interpreter after making his speech at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a ‘fake’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of […]

12/11/2013

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, leads a prayer service in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo)

Desmond Tutu home robbed; was at Mandela memorial

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police in South Africa say retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was away to attend a memorial honoring Nelson Mandela. A statement Wednesday from the South African Police Service […]

12/11/2013

President Barrack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Obama: Make Mandela’s life work your own

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, […]

12/10/2013

Ahmet Uzumcu, right, Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons holds the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize in City Hall Oslo Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix)

Weapons watchdog receives Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Recalling the “burning, blinding and suffocating” horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday, as prize winners […]

12/10/2013

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